Wait out the traffic going south and kill some time at Botejyu in Ayala Malls Vertis North, Level 4 in Japan Town for authentic Japanese okonomiyaki! Since 1946, Botejyu has been leading the development of Osaka food culture. The Botejyu group has branches opening all over Asia (Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam). Now, you can experience one of the best okonomiyaki in the Philippines in collaboration with VIVA International Food & Restaurants, Inc.
“Botejyu” originates from the Japanese onomatopoeia of the sound “bote” of the okonomiyaki being flipped and the sizzling sound of “jyu” of it cooking on the hot teppan griddle. We were blessed to be invited to taste their masterful practice of combining okonomiyaki and yakisoba: flavoring okonomiyaki with mayonnaise and the concept of okosoba (modern-yaki).
Greeted by a group of hungry bloggers, we sat ourselves among the hungry mouths waiting to try Botejyu’s signature dishes:
First up, I picked up pair of chop sticks and devoured an entire Takoyaki All-Star (PHP 245) ball! It’s made with Umami Sauce + Mayo, Tomato Sauce, Thick Spicy Sauce, Sauce + Mayo, Spicy Mentai Mayo, Salt Garlic Sauce. The takoyaki is savory, light, and fun to eat with its varied toppings.
We picked up a pair of spatulas (hera or kote) and cut up a couple slices of Premium Moonlight Okonomiyaki (PHP 360) — paired with their table condiments, it’s delicious combination of beef, pork, shrimp, squid and fried egg is to die for.
The Premium Okosoba (PHP 435) is Botejyu’s iconic combination of okonomiyaki and yakisoba made with beef, pork, shrimp and squid. It’s well balanced, thick, and hearty. By just looking at it, you can already tell that it’s reasonably priced and has one of the best value-for-money. No wonder it’s one of their popular dishes.
The Mentaiko and Potato Mochiyaki (PHP 270) is my favorite of all! It’s made with mochi and crispy potato flavored with Hakata spicy cod roe and Gouda cheese. It’s light, crunchy, chewy, and just absolutely divine.
The classic Beef Sukiyaki Rice Set (PHP 395) is perfect to share with your date: the portions are just right. Don’t blame me if you end up ordering another though!
Their Amiyaki Grilled Pork Rice Bowl (PHP 325) is delicious, juicy, and flavorful. The finely marbled pork will have your mouth water with each and every bite!
For dessert, we served the Honey Toast with Brown Sugar Syrup and Creamy Kinako (PHP 250). It’s moderately sweet and surprisingly light to eat.
Since Botejyu’s debut in the Philippines in 2016, they have added new dishes to their roster to keep you coming back for more authentic Japanese goodness! To be released soon, the Beef Teppan and the Shrimp Teppan Rice Bowls are super filling and delicious. I don’t know about you guys but we think Japan has mastered the art of rice as Raina could not help herself–they’re fluffy and addictive.
Upgrade from your sub-par “linam-nam ulam” fast food favorite and feast your eyes on how properly enjoy a Hamburger Steak with Mushroom Gravy. It’s creamy, extremely savory, and melts in your mouth.
Their new Soy Sauce Ramen with Char Siu is so light that you would want to drink it it to the last drop! It’s made with hearty ramen with lots of home-made char siu toppings.
Finally, a ramen bowl that speaks to my fat kid soul: the Pork Paitan Curry Ramen with Char Siu uses the perfect combination of dashi and pork broth. It’s velvety, spicy, and lip-smackingly delicious.
Location: Japan Town @ Vertis Ginza, Level 4, Ayala Malls Vertis North, Bagong Pag-Asa, Quezon City, Philippines
Contact Numbers: (+63 2) 936-0168 / (+63 2) 634-4946
Monday to Thursday: 10 AM to 9 PM
Friday to Sunday: 10 AM to 10 PM